UNIC European Conference - Personal budgets: a human rights-based way to fund and organise support
On 13th September, EASPD will host the UNIC project’s final conference in Brussels entitled 'Personal budgets: a human rights-based way to fund and organise support'.
For the past 3 years, UNIC has aimed to capture the momentum user-centred funding models are gaining around Europe. Since UNIC's conception, project partners have worked to support public authorities in developing, implementing, and evaluating the Personal Budgets system as an example of such models. With this final European conference, UNIC strives to bring together personal budgets holders and their families, public authorities, and service providers to discuss the role and functioning of user-centred funding models and how best to support them.
The UNIC conference will take place in person at the Courtyard by the Marriot Hotel, Avenue des Olympiades 6, Brussels, Belgium on 13 September 2023. The aim of the conference is:
- to present our 3 years work to support public authorities in developing, implementing, and evaluating a user-centred funding model, such as a personal budgets model;
- to bring forward people's experiences of user-centred funding models, such as personal budgets holders, their families, public authorities, and service providers;
- to capture the momentum of user-centred funding models across Europe and promising initiatives from Spain, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom.
10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:30
People's experiences with personal budgets
Moderation: Magdi Birtha, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Austria)
11:30 – 12:00
People's experiences with the UNIC toolbox piloting in Flanders
12:00 – 13:15
13:15 – 14:15
Scaling up personal budgets across Europe: opportunities and challenges in different countries
Moderation: Petra Rantamaki, KVPS (Finland)
14:15 – 15:00
Policy panel: What are the next steps for Personal Budget advocates in the EU?
Moderation: Karin Astegger, EASPD Vice President, Lebenshilfe (Salzburg, Austria)